Happy Memorial Day Weekend. This months highlights: Women in Tech, Uber/Lyft Leave Austin, Learn to Code for Free
The Highs and Lows of Women in Tech
Why are there so few women in tech leadership roles?
According to a recent Reuters study, 30% of 450 technology executives stated that their groups had no women in leadership positions. Only 25% of the IT jobs in the US were filled by women and considering the fact that 56% of women leave IT in the highlight of their career, it’s no surprise that there’s so few women leading the tech industry.
The value of having women in leadership is common sense – women make up half of the purchasing demographic so having limited or no representation of women leading companies can make them miss out on valuable insight. This common sense is backed by a study by a DDI consulting firm that found the top 20% of top-performing companies had 27% or more women in key leadership positions while the bottom 20% of companies had less than 19% of women in these roles.
We asked women in leadership roles to share their experience in the tech space, everything from why they chose a career in tech to perks/challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated industry to advice for young women considering tech as a career. Thank you to Becca Stucky, Director of Demand Generation at tech company Thycotic; Katie McCroskey, Senior Manager Channel Operations at Thycotic; Karen Nowicki, director of engineering for a Chicago-based software company called kCura; Diane Merrick, VP of Marketing at Teradici; Robbie Hardy, tech sector veteran, and author of the new book UPSETTING THE TABLE: Women Mentoring Women; and Dr. Galina Datskovsky, CEO of Vaporstream for contributing their insight.
Uber and Lyft Depart Austin
What happened in Austin was not the result of crooked councilmen or big taxi swaying voters. It was essentially a hostage situation with Uber and Lyft demanding special treatment or else they’d simply leave.
5 Places to Learn to Code for Free
If you want to try your hand at coding, check out one of these five resources to learn to code for free.
Miami Entrepreneur launches ‘sharing economy for small businesses
When it comes to business tools like Salesforce or Marketo, small businesses are often forced to choose between a high price point or low functionality versions of the platform. Not anymore.
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